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Lax Awards: April 17 through April 23

The regular season for what has been called the fasted sport on two feet seems like it has flown by even faster. We’re in the homestretch now and conference tournaments and the NCAA tournament are right around the corner. They are so close, in fact, that the Patriot League tournament begins this week.

Now is where teams need to start playing their best and it looks like many of the local teams are because many have already clinched their spots in their respective conference tournaments. And one of those teams that clinched a while ago but now know what seed and where they will be playing is our Team of the Week.

Team of the Week

Loyola Greyhounds Men’s Team

Loyola clinched a spot in the Patriot League tournament a while ago, but everything was still on the line on Friday, April 21 in West Point, New York. The Greyhounds, coming off a surprising 12-11 loss at Boston University, rebounded in a huge way to upset the No. 11 Army Black Knights to clinch the League’s regular-season championship and No. 1 overall seed in the Patriot League tournament, meaning home-field advantage in both the semifinals and championship game, should they advance.

Jay Drapeau scored four goals and had two assists and helped put things away as the Greyhounds outscored Army 6-1 in the second half for the 14-6 victory. Army was never in the game in the second half. Loyola will host their semifinal game against Holy Cross on Friday at 4:30 pm.

Player of the Week

Kyle Marr, Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Men’s Team

There is a formal balloting process to name the Chris Gardner Player of the Game on Senior Day for the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, but there was no point in being formal about it. Kyle Marr completely dominated the game with three goals to go along with new career-highs with six assists and nine points. Marr’s six assists were the most by a Blue Jays player since Connor Reed has six against Virginia in the 2015 tournament. His nine points were the most since Ryan Brown had nine at Ohio State, also in 2015.

Against Michigan, 12 different Johns Hopkins players scored in the game. That was largely because Marr got everybody involved. Each of his six assists went to a different teammate. And this offense rout of the Wolverines came without top scorer Shack Stanwick playing in the second half of the game.

Quote of the Week

“Early in the season Kyle was getting opportunities but wasn’t cashing in on them … he’s executing and the fundamentals are better. But our offense is designed for whoever happens to get the shot … and depending on how we’re playing and how they rotate, today he ended up with the short stick on him and if that’s the case he’s going to end up with the ball in his stick a little more. He’s very much a product of the offense.”

Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala explaining how Kyle Marr has not only improved but has successfully taken advantage of the opportunities the offense will create for him has he’s caught fire over the past few weeks to become one of the team’s top offensive threats.

Game of the Week Preview

No. 5 Maryland Terrapins vs. No. 8 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays – Men’s Lacrosse

Maybe this week’s awards are a big Johns Hopkins heavy, and maybe it might seem a bit odd that a conference tournament game wouldn’t be the Game of the Week, but nothing in lacrosse tops the Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins rivalry. It’s the best and most intense rivalry of the sport and doesn’t need to be sold as to why it will always be the game of the Week. The two in-state rivals and national juggernauts will play for the 115th time on Saturday and so much will be on the line. Not only bragging rights but potentially the Big Ten regular season title, depending on a result of the Ohio State vs. Rutgers game earlier that day.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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